Outlaw Days chili cook-off adds CASI division, pie contest

It may not be chili-eating weather yet, but the third week of September typically brings cooler temperatures and the second annual Outlaw Days Chili Cook-off Sept. 21.

The year’s cook-off offers two divisions – homestyle chili with beans and a national competition chili without beans.

Homestyle rules are much like last year’s contest, but quantities required have been lowered to two gallons (around 5 pounds of meat) and so have entry fees, now at $20. Homestyle prizes include $125 for first place, $75 for second, $50 for People’s Choice and $100 for Best Decorated Team.

The cook-off site will open at 7:30 a.m. for set up and a mandatory meeting is 8:45 a.m. Cooking begins at 9 and entries must be turned in to judges at 1 p.m.

The national competition chili contest is coordinated by Sho-Me Pod, part of the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI).  Winners of that division receive points to enter the International Chili Championship in Terlingua, Texas. CASI-style chili is red in color with no beans or fillers. For complete rules, go to or contact Jerri Dowdy at 816-805-0941 or

Contest rules and entry forms for the homestyle contest can be found at The Richmond News, 204 W. North Main St., or the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, 104 W. North Main.

• New to the cook-off is a pie contest. Entry fees for pies are $5 each. Turn-in for pies is 11 a.m. Sept. 21 in the cook-off area.

• Entry forms for the second annual Lil’ Mr. and Miss Outlaw contest are due Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Age groups include ages 0-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Winners will be determined by the most money in their cans at Hometown Pizza, 106 W. North Main St. A penny represents one vote.

Entry forms can be picked up at The Richmond News and Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce.

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